Two-year Philosophy MA students taking the class as a mandatory core course will be graded based on their answer on the in-class written final exam, taken as part of the Theoretical and Practical Philosophy exam scheduled for the end of spring term. The instructor reserves the right to adjust the grade for the final exam by up to 1/3 of a grade to take into account participation and other assignments completed during the course.
A selection of five possible final exam questions will be distributed after the end of the course; one of these (chosen at random) will be the question for the exam; you will have one hour to write about it. It is advisable to prepare outlines in advance for each possible question and memorize these. I strongly encourage you to work together with your classmates to review the course material and discuss how you might answer the final exam questions. However, memorizing and reproducing on the exam answers written by others is not a good way to learn to do philosophy, and may amount to plagiarism. Do not do this!
Other students taking the class for credit will be graded based on a 2,500 word final paper on a topic agreed in advance with the instructor. The grade for the class may be adjusted from the grade for the final paper by up to 1/3 of a grade to take account of participation and other assignments completed during the term.
All course requirements must be completed in order to earn a passing grade for the class.